The LEAF Internship Program offers youth from urban areas across the United States opportunities to immerse themselves in real-world conservation experiences.
Open to high school students, this internship offers career development and hands-on environmental stewardship experiences. Working with mentors and scientists, Leaders for Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) interns are well-supported and guided to gain work and life skills within a context of connecting with nature.
The LEAF Internship Program is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and a network of environmentally-themed high schools. To be eligible for inclusion into the network, high schools must self-identify as an environmental focused high school, serve a diverse student body, have a strong graduation rate, and have enough staff capacity to support the program.
If you’re a student who attends an environmental high school and is interested in an internship with LEAF, speak to your school’s guidance counselor about getting involved.
LEAF AROUND THE UNITED STATES
Are you a student or high school staff member who doesn’t attend or work at an environmental high school but is interested in LEAF or getting involved in the environment?
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Talk to your guidance counselor about similar opportunities with AmeriCorps, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), or Student Conservation Association (SCA).
- Pursue volunteer opportunities with The Nature Conservancy.
HIGH SCHOOL STAFF & EDUCATORS
- Explore The Nature Conservancy's Nature Works Everywhere program. Here you’ll find a digital learning platform that provides hands-on project-based learning curriculum with lesson plans, videos, and even live virtual field trips to help students learn the science behind how nature works and how they can take action to keep nature healthy and productive.